A rare insight.
Nomination Day for Hougang By Election was held at Serangoon JC, and many people arrived early as a form of support for the candidates.
I made a trip down as I was quite free, to get a feel of the excitement and tension. Although there wasn't anything exciting planned for Nomination Day, I was surprised that many supporters still saw the purpose of showing up for the nomination.
It's rare to see Singaporeans that united and expressive,
And that's probably the Hougang Spirit that people so often talk about.
During the long wait for Returning Officer Yam Ah Mee to make the announcement, there was a commotion suddenly
for the Secretary-general of WP came into the crowd to thank them for their support and presence.
Someone once asked me why I support WP, and how much I know about them.
Frankly speaking, the most I can say I know of the candidates is about 10% of who they are.
In my opinion, knowing who they are aren't necessarily related to how much I should support them
otherwise no one would have the right to vote,
especially voters in GRCs where there are too many candidates to learn about.
In fact, we can't be sure if we really know our friends, relatives or idols,
because even the most written about individual isn't necessarily the real person he/she may be.
That's why entertainment news always report of unexpected behaviours and mistakes of people.
So why do I support who I support?
Even if I compare the mistakes made by the various parties and candidates, I may be wrong.
Maybe you saw Yaw's personal life go wrong, maybe you think Low can't choose the right person.
But that doesn't mean that his capabilities and successes aren't real.
There's isn't a single person who doesn't make mistakes. The only differences are what mistakes you make, and if your mistakes are discovered and publicised.
PAP has had some bad judgments on candidates too,
while we can express our hate, it doesn't necessarily mean that it wouldn't happen.
That's why I would not give up on a party because of a member's mistake,
and I'd rather take the time to slowly regain confidence with a new representative.
Just like a theory in Jack Neo's movie,
When an apple is somewhat rotten, if you throw the whole apple away, you have nothing left.
But if you cut away the rotten bits, you still have some sort of good.
Getting rid of part of a whole isn't as bad as it seems.
There was also another saying,
it's impractical to find a perfect someone.
So find someone who satisfy 80% of your expectations,
and learn to work with, accept and change the 20% of imperfections.
Another commotion during the Nomination Day was none other than the random independent candidate.
Just like a class of students, there's bound to be a joker within the bunch.
Simply put it, he's just after some media exposure,
and getting people's attention.
When the reputation is already below par,
and still chooses to become the third party
while knowing that that's exactly what irks people,
some people still fight for such attention,
even if it means being on the wrong side of supporters, and being hated.
Why stoop to that level as a person?
Frankly speaking, I think Choo is still too young as a candidate.
But I have to say, I applaud his courage to finish his speech amidst WP supporters' jeering. I take that as a form of training for this young candidate.
Although I don't approve of the jeering, but I can understand where they're coming from.
Just like how a rich person would never understand the difficulties of poverty, or how a gifted child doesn't understand the average struggles of studying,
a person who is constantly in the ruling party constituency wouldn't understand the position opposition supporters are placed in. These people just want to prive that no matter how hard you make things difficult for us, we stand for our rights, our soul and our minds.
Simply put it, they just want to prove that they would not bow down to a bowl of free porridge nor a lucrative lift upgrading plan.
The two-hour show taught me a lot.
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